Renovations as therapy; 'The Therapist' and 'Real Boy'

Posted 6/19/17

By Kevin McDonough How do you renovate the makeover genre? Add a feel-good "queen for a day" element. On "Reno, Set, Go!" (10 p.m., Discovery Family) friends and/or relatives nominate someone …

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Renovations as therapy; 'The Therapist' and 'Real Boy'


By Kevin McDonough

How do you renovate the makeover genre? Add a feel-good "queen for a day" element. On "Reno, Set, Go!" (10 p.m., Discovery Family) friends and/or relatives nominate someone who has suffered a recent reversal for a pick-me-up room makeover.

Over the space of 36 hours (condensed to a tidy 30 minutes, including "reveal"), the family and a team of expert craftsmen led by designer Cheryl Torrenueva and contractor Roger Morin perform a secret renovation for an unsuspecting homeowner purposely distracted and kept away from their home.

• Pop star Katy Perry spends an hour with "The Therapist" (10 p.m., Viceland), discussing the split between her private life and public persona.

For the uninitiated, "The Therapist" invites actors, singers, rappers and performers to sit down with Los Angeles-based therapist Dr. Siri Sat Nam Singh and talk about personal demons and public transgressions. The show's basic hook is the stark contrast between Singh's soothing presence and the brash and often confrontational performance style of his clientele.

"Independent Lens" (10 p.m., PBS, TV-PG, check local listings) concludes its 18th season with the documentary "Real Boy." Using a wealth of home videos and social media, "Real" follows Northern California mother Suzy as she slowly comes to embrace her son Bennett after he transitions from the daughter Suzy raised as Rachel.

Home videos from the 1990s capture Rachel as a tomboy and enjoying wearing boy clothes. Bennett recalls a difficult adolescence as pressure to conform as a girl resulted in drug addiction and "cutting" so severe that it sent her to the hospital. Rachel's decision to transition ended her dependency on drugs and self-harm, but alienated Rachel/Bennett's father and brother.

While Suzy sticks with Bennett, the film is honest enough to share her personal misgivings and feelings of social mortification, as well as her grief for the loss of Rachel, the girl she raised and loved.

• The six-part drama "Loch Ness" begins streaming on Acorn. The celebrated tourist site becomes the perfect backdrop for the search for a serial killer. The mystery begins in ghoulish fashion as pranksters create the rotting corpse of "Nessie," the lake's mythical monster. But this contrived stunt takes a backseat when real dead bodies begin popping up around Loch Ness.

Laura Fraser ("Breaking Bad") and Siobhan Finneran ("Happy Valley" and "Downton Abbey") star. While certainly atmospheric, "Loch Ness" may be a difficult view for some Americans. I found much of the dialogue incomprehensible.


• Embark on an 18-hour marathon of "Star Trek Voyager" (noon to 6 a.m., BBC America, TV-PG).

• San Antonio Qualifiers unfold on "American Ninja Warrior" (8 p.m., NBC, TV-PG).

• Los Angeles auditions continue on "So You Think You Can Dance" (8 p.m., Fox, TV-14).

• A master of memory and a math whiz compete on "Superhuman" (9 p.m., Fox, TV-PG).

• Paige's mother calls from out of the blue on "Scorpion" (10 p.m., CBS, r, TV-14).

• Qualifiers continue on "Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge" (10 p.m., NBC, TV-PG).

• A peace plan proves fragile on "Still Star-Crossed" (10 p.m., ABC, TV-14).

• Jimmy wants to make things right on the season finale of "Better Call Saul" (10 p.m., AMC, TV-14).


An American nanny in a rural English village fears that the life-size doll replica of her employer has come to life in the 2016 shocker "The Boy" (8 p.m., TMC), starring Lauren Cohan, Rupert Evans and Jim Norton.


Kevin turns a page on "Kevin Can Wait" (8 p.m., CBS, r, TV-PG) * Eric makes demands on "The Bachelorette" (8 p.m., ABC, TV-14) * An alien's murder proves revealing on "Supergirl" (8 p.m., CW, r, TV-14) * Office friendships irk Adam on "Man With a Plan" (8:30 p.m., CBS, r, TV-PG) * Working through a sad anniversary on "Mom" (9 p.m., CBS, r, TV-14) * On "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (CW, TV-14), Malcolm Goodwin (9 p.m.), Emily Bett Rickards (9:30 p.m., r) * Partying like it's 1999 on "Life in Pieces" (9:30 p.m., CBS, r, TV-PG).


Janet Mock is booked on "The Daily Show With Trevor Noah" (11 p.m., Comedy Central) * Aubrey Plaza, Demetrius Shipp Jr. and Joe Bonamassa appear on "Conan" (11 p.m., TBS) * Jimmy Fallon welcomes Will Ferrell, Alison Brie and Shawn Mendes on "The Tonight Show" (11:35 p.m., NBC) * Kirsten Dunst, Jerrod Carmichael, Jeff Tweedy and Daru Jones visit "Late Night With Seth Meyers" (12:35 a.m., NBC) * Ginnifer Goodwin, Eddie Izzard, Jillian Bell and Jason Derulo appear on "The Late Late Show With James Corden" (12:35 a.m., CBS).

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